Welcome to the House of Folk! Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod

Ty Gwerin at this year's Eisteddfod is in a giant yurt, and you'll find it on the Maes (the Eisteddfod field) by following the signs!

There's an amazing programme of activities: live music, workshops, children's activities, talks, sessions, a shop and cafe, and more! The week's programme's here and for more detail on each day, go to the drop-down menus: Our work > Eisteddfod 2014 > each day's programme

Bursaries for young people at the Big Experiment folk weekend

AneirinThanks to generous funding by the Arts Council of Wales, this year trac is able to offer a limited number of young people a place at the Big Experiment/Arbrawf Mawr for only £20. If you’re between 14 and 24 you can apply for one of these subsidised places. You may be a musician, dancer, or singer; you may be a professional gigging musician or a student, or still at school. When you apply, you can tell us about your involvement in the folk world.

You’ll have your accommodation and meals provided and can choose which morning class and afternoon workshops you’d like to join. You’ll have the opportunity to spend a folk-soaked weekend with people of all ages, learning new material and new skills.

Depending on your age and skills, you’ll help out with things like leading a slow session, offering an informal afternoon workshop, helping behind the scenes, or sharing your experiences via social media. We’ll expect all our bursary people to contribute some of their time.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a bursary application form where you’ll be able to  tell us about yourself and why you’d be a good choice for a bursary place. Looking forward to hearing from you!

This year's Big Experiment / yr Arbrawf Mawr is from 19 - 21 September, on Anglesey, with tutors including Calan's Patrick Rimes and Oli Wilson-Dickson of Jamie Smith's Mabon.

For more on BEAM, click here

Comment on the cessation of funding the Welsh Music Foundation

WMFlogoWe wish to congratulate the Welsh Music Foundation for its outstanding work over the past 14 years. We have seen Wales transform its music industry with their expert help culminating last year with the attraction of WOMEX, the biggest trade show for World Music, coming to Cardiff- and with it over £3million pounds of spend in Cardiff alone. They have fostered a music scene into a music industry and we can only thank them for all their inspirational work.

We understand that we live in a tough financial climate and that every penny of public money spent has to be measured against need and that government has to make uncomfortable decisions.

We are concerned that the invaluable expertise and relationships we have jointly built across the world will disappear when the organisation dissolves. We have been working with WMF over the past two years to internationalise not only traditional music but all the musics of Wales with a collaboration to develop a long-term strategy to ensure that there was a real potential for sustainable and profitable music careers within Wales ready for delivery this year. This work will go on but will be much more difficult without them.

We recognise that the need for this work continues to exist and we offer our help in maintaining this important task.

Read the WMF's official announcement here


National Lottery Awards - Vote for 10 Mewn Bws

We're thrilled that the National Lottery have selected 10 Mewn Bws for the finals of their Awards this year. One of only three projects from Wales and the only Welsh finalist in the Arts category, our groundbreaking project needs your votes!

The project took ten young Welsh musicians - some folkies, some from other musical genres - introduced them to some of our greatest tradition bearers and to the sound archives of the National Library and St Fagans National History Museum, and challenged them to compose and arrange an album of Welsh folk music for the 21st century. The resulting CD and tour have been critically acclaimed, leading to appearances at Swn and at the Hay Festival, supporting Cerys Matthews. 10 Mewn Bws, which was funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales, was the brainchild of our Project Officer, Angharad Jenkins.

You can read more about our ten musicians here, listen to the album here and there's a playlist of videos from their recent tour on our home page.

But most importantly -  click on the blue button below or go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/10-mewn-bws and register your vote - it only takes a second!


Tickets on sale for the Big Experiment folk weekend

Booking's now open for this year's Big Experiment Arbrawf Mawr folk weekend on Anglesey in September. There's more detail on the Big Experiment page here where you can find out more, meet the tutors and book your tickets, and the timetable will be published soon.

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